Pakistan to invite PM Modi to SAARC Summit

After successful `Kartapur corridar’ diplomacy, now Pakistan seems to be attempting to make Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit their, so that to revise normaly of rerlations between two countries, today said that it will invite Prime Minister Modi to the 20th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), two years after Islamabad’s failed attempt to host the gathering of regional countries following the boycott by India.

On the eve of the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kartapur Corridor in Narowal, some 120 kms from Lahore, Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said Modi will be invited to Pakistan for the SAARC summit. The dates for the summit are yet to be announced.

Pakistan’s attempt to host the gathering in 2016 failed after India boycotted the summit following the Uri attack in September that year.  India had expressed its inability to participate in the summit due to “prevailing circumstances” after a deadly terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan also pulled out of the summit, forcing Pakistan to scrap the event scheduled for November 2016. Pakistan’s Foreign Office later conceded the postponement of the summit but had said that it would not give up hosting the summit in the near future.

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